Bath, Bath Bombs

Princess Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb

Princess was one of three new two-in-one bath bombs this year. You have to buy the complete package when you’re purchasing a ‘bomb bomb’ and you can either use both parts at once or get two baths with a head and a body.

More often than not, fairy tales tell the story of a far off kingdom where a beautiful princess lives, who’s no doubt the fairest of them all. However there’s nothing beautiful and fair about this princess, she’s somewhat… scary.

The trouble is, although designed to look cute with long blonde hair, a pink dress and a crown, she’s really really delicate and easily damaged, leading to the princess looking more like an ugly step-sister.

Having said that, at least she smells nice. She wears a sweet and floral perfume of Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Bergamot and Benzoin Resinoid, which smells really unique amongst other floral smells Lush have at the moment. The main part of the scent is definitely the Ylang Ylang, which is naturally sweet and floral, with background notes of woody Cedarwood and Benzoin Resinoid giving a more muskier aroma. I can’t personally pick out the Bergamot in the fragrance but I’m guessing it ties everything together to finish the scent.

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Princess is a pure fizzer, rather than a foamer and quickly spreads the colour into the water. If you’re using both parts of the bomb bomb, the water turns a peachy colour as the pink and yellow mix. A thin layer of oils spread atop the water once she’d dissolved, gave me hope for a moisturising bath.

My suspicions were correct and surprisingly, my skin felt the effects as soon as I got submerged. Be careful the oils don’t get on the sides of the tub as I found myself having to wipe away a couple of light stains where the rim of the water had been.

The light and comforting scent stayed on my skin after I had towelled off, albeit in a subtle version, but I definitely found myself sniffing my arms for a nice recollection of the fragrance.

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I guess it’s true that beauty lies within as Princess Bomb Bomb turned out to be rather nice, I hope if Lush bring her back next year they perhaps tweak the appearance and make her a little less delicate as some we sold were kinda hideous.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Bergamot Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 47005:1, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 45350, Colour 42090, Colour 77491, Candy Eye.

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Cleansers, Face, Fresh Cleansers

Bûche De Noël Fresh Cleanser

What you might not know about Lush’s fresh cleansers, is that they come to us in store in giant wrapped logs, much like a Swiss roll, before being weighed and potted by staff. In the factory, manufacturers make the cleanser, spread it out onto sheets and roll it up, adding extra ingredients to the middle – such as Black Sugar in Dark Angels, or Lavender in Angels On Bare Skin.

Bûche De Noël is the French name for a Christmas or Yule log and is probably named after how the cleansers are made. Like a good Christmas dessert, this cleanser is full of indulgent festive ingredients for your face.

To use a fresh cleanser, you simply grab a pinch of the product and add some water to it in your hand, before working into a paste that you then use to wash your face with.

It’s a reasonably chunky texture with all the ingredients being blended together. Kaolin, Fresh Mandarin and Glycerine give the product it’s cleansing quality whilst Ground Almonds give a gentle exfoliation that feels really lovely. The Almonds also help to give the cleanser a milky consistency that’s nice and soothing.

Dried Cranberries and Brandy have also been added to give a nice festive touch, the latter, much like other types of alcohol, is astringent and good for shrinking pores.

Bûche De Noël smells like a delicious almond dessert, with Almond Essential Oil, Vetivert Oil and Cedarwood Oil mixing with the other ingredients and giving a warming and moreish festive scent.

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I love the way my skin feels after using this limited edition cleanser, instantly softer due to Organic Cocoa Butter softening my gently exfoliated skin. It’s one of the products I always look forward to at Christmas and I really do hope they never get rid.

Make sure you get your hands on it before it goes as the Christmas season is almost over!

Ingredients

Ground Almonds, Kaolin, Glycerine, Fresh Mandarin, Dried Cranberries, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Brandy, Almond Essential Oil, Vetivert Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Linalool, Perfume, Nori Seaweed, Gold Leaf

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Kitsune Bath Bomb

Kitsune is the Japanese word for fox. Foxes are a common subject of Japanese folklore and are often depicted as intelligent beings that possess paranormal powers and the ability to shape shift into a human form. Kitsune is one of many bath bombs which will be exclusive to Lush’s bath bomb only concept store in Harajuku, Japan.

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I snapped up my Kitsune at the 2018 Lush Showcase where it premiered along with five other Harajuku exclusives and the elusive Ariana Grande bath bomb, Goddess. There was something really exciting to be using a new, super exclusive Bath Bomb!

The design is meant to resemble a fox’s head and ears which is quite clearly (and cutely!) represented. The almost croissant-like design is supposed to represent the many tails that Kitsune are said to have. Kitsune is also amazingly shimmery and is covered in gold glitter.

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It features a really relaxing, calming scent that’s equally as uplifting as it is grounding. It’s rather meditative and made me want to bathe in the waters for a long time. The scent is made up of Red Mandarin, Patchouli, Cedarwood and Benzoin Resinoid. The Red Mandarin gives a top note of bright, citrusy juiciness but is cut with undertones of woody spiciness from the other components.

Once placed in the water, Kitsune’s a fast fizzer and practically immediately turns the water into rippling shades of gold and orange. It’s super sparkly, almost on the same level as Sunnyside or even Golden Egg and once fully dissolved I was left with a bright golden bath with a thin layer of creamy white oils on the surface of the water.

Yes, the glitter did stay on my skin the whole evening after but that’s only a bonus, right? Luckily for the tub at the hotel I was staying in, it easily washed away down the plughole!

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I appreciated the staying power the scent had both whilst I was in the bath, and on my skin after, albeit quite subtle. It made me feel uplifted and content, as I took quick sniffs of my arms every now and then where I could smell it the most. In terms of the physical feeling, I wouldn’t say Kitsune was particularly softening or moisturising, but it didn’t leave my skin irritated or dry either.

In conclusion, I really enjoyed my bath experience with Kitsune, I do hope it’ll be available at some point again in the UK because I’d love to use it for a second time!

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Perfume, Cedarwood Oil, Sicilian Red Manderin Oil, Patchouli Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Cream of Tartar, Water, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, DRF Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77491, Colour 14700, Colour 45350

 

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Cyanide Pill Bath Bomb

Somedays there’s nothing you want more than some good old cyanide. But if you’re ever feeling down, try reaching for this bath bomb instead of a pill.

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A cyanide pill, otherwise known as a suicide pill is exactly that. Filled with deadly potassium cyanide, throughout history many people have met their end biting down on one of these bad boys.

Cyanide reportedly smells like bitter almonds, so maybe that’s where the scent of this Oxford Street exclusive product comes from. Cyanide Pill Bath Bomb contains Almond Essential Oil, giving off a sweet, marzipan note. Along with uplifting and cleansing Lemon Oil and toning, earthy Cedarwood and Rosewood Oils, the scent is something unique and grounding, in like, a sweet way…

Once popped into the water, clouds of acid yellow come off one half, whilst the white half fizzes away, engulfed in the strong colour. Then something happened that I definitely wasn’t expecting. I had read the ingredients list, so I knew that glitter (in this case we have Synthetic Fluorphlogophite) was going to make an appearance, I just didn’t know how much. Once the ballistic had completely dissolved, I noticed that almost covering the surface of the water, were silver sparkles, and a lot of it! I’m guessing it’s meant to represent the actual poison coming out of the pill.  Interestingly it all bunched up at first but once I wiggled my arms around, the whole bathtub was filled with it! Definitely one of the most glitter filled bath bombs I must say, I got out and was legit COVERED in sparkles and I was living tbh.

The addition of Popping Candy into the mix, just makes it cooler, hearing it pop away under you is really exciting.

I found that once I was out of the bath, although I didn’t have a strong scent left, and I was covered in glitter, I was feeling really cleansed and refreshed, thanks to the Lemon Oil in there. Cedarwood Oil is toning and balancing too so it’s good for those with oilier skins.

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The only disappointment was that the smell didn’t linger as long as I had hoped it would. Though the glitter remained for days, the scent was practically gone after an hour or so.

I would definitely buy again at some point in the future as it was a lovely bath bomb. You can check it out and purchase it at the store on Oxford Street or online here.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Popping Candy, Perfume, Lemon Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Rosewood Oil, Almond Essential Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Propylene Glycol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 47005, Colour 45350, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 45410

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